The New Primary Curriculum
The omission of Darwin’s theory of natural selection from the primary science curriculum is scandalous. The BHA are currently running a Campaign Action to encourage people to petition their MP on the primary curriculum and ask that they take action to ensure that evolution, a central tenet of the natural sciences, is included. You can take action right now.
Good PSHE for every child
In October 2008 the Government announced its intention to make Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education statutory and launched a review to investigate how this might be achieved. The review was carried out by Sir Alasdair Macdonald, a Head Teacher at a secondary school in Tower Hamlets. His report was released on April 28th and recommended, among other things, that:
- PSHE education should become part of the National Curriculum, in both primary and secondary education (this would make it compulsory for all schools).
- Governing bodies should retain the right to determine their school’s approach to the sex and relationship education (SRE) aspect of PSHE, so that it can be ‘… delivered in line with the context, values and ethos of the school’.
- Parents, carers or guardians should continue to have the right to withdraw their child from SRE.
- At secondary level the existing non-statutory programmes of PSHE study produced by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) should form the basis for public consultation on pupil’s core entitlement to PSHE.
(July 2009, PFD 151 Kb)
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